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Jake Kempsell (b. 1940)

Scottish sculptor and teacher, born in Dumfries and educated at Edinburgh College of Art, where he graduated with a postgraduate diploma in 1965, and later worked as a lecturer. He had his first solo show at the Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1970, and was represented in the British Art Show in 1979–80. Since then he has exhibited widely in the UK and undertaken numerous public commissions. He was a founder trustee of the Scottish Sculpture Trust and a director of Workshops and Artists’ Studio Provision Scotland (Wasps) until 1983. In 1982 he was invited to join the Faculty of Sculpture at the British School at Rome, and was Faculty Visitor there in 1985. He was also Director of Sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, from 1975 to 2000. His marble sculpture, Veil, 1994, is in Gyle Shopping Centre car park, Edinburgh.

Principal source: information provided by the artist.

Bibliography: J. Kempsell, Voids and Constellations (ex. cat), Dundee, 1997, n.p.; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, p. 173; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Glasgow, Liverpool, 2002, p. 49.

Ray McKenzie 2018